Bridgewater State University requires all full-time undergraduate students to have notebook computers.
Technology is becoming a critical component in a growing number of courses offered at Bridgewater State University. Research gathered on the experience of students at other universities gives us confidence that students at BSU will enjoy the following benefits:
- Access to computing capability at all times and places on campus
- Access to their files-even very large files-at all times and places
- BSU faculty members integrating computers into classroom and homework
- Inter-active class activities utilizing notebook computers
- Less reliance on computer lab schedule and availability
- Access to BSU printers through the wired and wireless network
- CD-ROM textbooks and other technology-based course supplements can supplement course textbooks.
- Immediate access to e-mail, one of the official means of communication on the BSU campus
- Notebooks ensure all students have equal access to official BSU communications.
No. This requirement is specific. Students must purchase notebook computers.
You may choose to buy your notebook computer from any vendor, just be sure to purchase a notebook that meets or exceeds all technical specifications recommended on the BSU Website
A WPA Certified IEEE 802.11 a/b/g compliant wireless network adapter is required to access the wireless network. These types of wireless network adapters are available at computer and electronics stores. An 802.11 b/g wireless adapter will work on the current wireless network but 802.11 a/b/g will deliver a faster connection to the Internet.
You can find a list of minimum recommended specifications at http://it.bridgew.edu/notebooks/Specs.cfm.
Frequency of notebook use in class will vary. Some faculty will require you to bring the notebook to class, while others will incorporate it less often. You will find that the notebook computer is an essential tool outside of class: check course Web sites, correspond with classmates and professors, and conduct Internet and library research.
The college has licensed Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise Edition, Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2007 Professional, as well as Microsoft Forefront Client Security Anti-virus/Anti-spyware software through a small student software fee assessed each semester as part of tuition and fees. The software (excluding Microsoft Windows products) is available to download from the BSU download site. Students can also purchase copies of the software for a nominal fee from the BSU Bookstore. The software is yours to keep when you graduate from BSU.
Yes. There are two ways to receive this software: students can download selected titles via a secure server or purchase a hard copy version of various software titles at campus bookstore. The cost is under $20.00 for multiple Microsoft software titles.
Yes. Because BSU requires entering students to have a notebook computer, its cost is included in calculations of your financial aid eligibility. For entering students, federal regulations require all loan proceeds to be disbursed no earlier than 30 days after the beginning of the semester. Students need to consider this when purchasing their notebook computers. Financial aid counselors can answer specific questions.
If you are a student with a documented disability and you have concerns or questions about the notebook requirement, please contact the office of Disability Resources in the Academic Achievement Center at (508) 531-1214 for assistance.
There are two support centers conveniently located on campus: One is located on the first floor of the Moakley Center and the other is on the ground floor of the Maxwell Library. Support Services can also be reached by email at ITSupport@bridgew.edu or by phone at (508) 531-2555. For more information on notebook services please visit http://it.bridgew.edu/support/supportpolicies.cfm.
Several Massachusetts state universities united to create the MassAdvantage Program, and collectively we qualify for volume discounts. MassAdvantage has coordinated with Dell to provide an educational discount on specified models to Bridgewater State University students.
There are two ways to purchase the MassAdvantage discounted Dell notebook computer. While there are two ways to order, we recommend ordering online.
Order online here.
Call Dell's Education toll-free number (866) 257-4711 and specify the Dell member ID number US32566758.
Last Modified: September 7, 2012